Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Kitchen Update #2 and A Magic Fairy

Hi Everyone:  


Today we had the template made up for the counter tops.  Not a very exciting happening by blogging standards, but it is part of the process of the kitchen remodel and when I make a promise, I deliver.





He doesn't appear to be doing much but it took him one hour and thirty minutes to do it.  I hope his measurements are correct because, as some of you will surely know, an old house ain't exactly square!  So he says he has to do a little something here and a little something  there to compensate for that problem, so here's hoping that it all comes out right in the end.

We are installing quartz Silestone in the Lyra pattern.  If any of you happen to be in Home Depot, and are the least bit curious, you can check it out.

I love the look of marble, but was talked out of the real thing as everyone says it is too soft for kitchen counters.  Now, my most favorite designer, Sarah Richardson of HGTV fame, uses it all the time in her kitchens but since I couldn't talk to her, I took everyone else's opinion to heart.  I also love granite but felt it might be too heavy for the style of our cabinets, so I think I got the next best thing.  With only a very small piece to look at, I HOPE I got the next best thing!

Now the messy part will start:



The company doing the installation will be calling us when they get all their figures together and then we'll know how much time we have to get this part of the job done.  The Captain doesn't think it will be too bad as he only worked a little while and got this much done so far.

So that's it in a nutshell.  Not much in the way of a post, so also thought I'd show you that, Yes, Virginia, there is a garden fairy and she is starting to do her magic in the garden.

I was just over at Cielo's house in the roses, and found that the fairy, or as she calls it the witch, has paid her a visit as well.  That's some busy little fairy!!



Judith at Lavender Cottage thought this plant may be a Cushion Spurge?



Will eventually be a large display of Lily's of the Valley.




Sweet little blue Forget-Me-Nots.




A small portion of the lovely Lilacs.




A healthy looking Hollyhock, either black or white.




Pretty Valerian or also called the Garden Gate flower.




The last of the brave little Daffodils.




The only Tulips that I have left in the garden, with thanks to the squirrels, with a little Myrtle or Periwinkle peeking out.




A rather bedraggled looking Calla Lily.




A few Fern fronds sitting in the sunshine.



A stately Peony that didn't do too well last season, so we shall see.


Hope your garden is growing well, but if not:





Maybe I can persuade the beautiful magic fairy to pay you a visit.

Have a wonderful week...Judy















40 comments:

  1. Dear Judy,
    I love your posts, they are delightful to read.
    Gosh! the kitchen phase 2, is coming along really well. You will have a smart kitchen once finished. Captain is doing a good job too.
    I live in an area where marble is quarried.. we have some beautiful marbles in Portugal. Italy and spain buy a large amount.
    I chose brazilian granite for my little kitchen top in rose cottage.
    Its very very hardy.
    You are right about marble. some marbles mark and leave stains and are soft.
    I am not familiar with the stone you bought, but look forward to seeing it.
    Please ask the fairy to come pay me a visit. She certainly is making things appear.
    Happy Wednesday Judy. (time difference)
    val

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    1. Thanks, Val, for you sweet comments. I have an old piece of marble that I use for baking and it is dull and a little stained and scratched and I still love it, but thought I might get a little stressed if that was all over my counters..Happy Thursday and I'll send that little fairy right over..Judy

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  2. So exciting to be giving your kitchen a make-over.....I wish I was doing the same! Suzy x

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  3. I love remodeling projects but it's always such slow going! This painting of the living room may take all week and the a week to everything back.
    Don't think that's a cushion spurge. Not like mine anyway. They bloom like poinsettias where the top leaves turn bright yellow and they don't bud.

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    1. Hi Carlene: Thanks for visiting. This plant is not at all like that so I don't know. It's pretty anyway..Happy Thursday..Judy

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  4. It looks like your project is moving Fast! I don't know if it will feel fast to you, though. LOL Your garden is looking lovely.

    Blessings,
    Amy Jo

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    1. Maybe it will go faster than I thought. I came back from the hair dresser this morning and the Captain already had a lot more done. Thanks for stopping by, Amy Jo..Happy Thursday..Judy

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  5. Hi Judy,
    I know your kitchen is going to look beautiful.I don't think i have ever seen that type of stone.It sounds gorgeous.I have to check out Sarah Richardson.

    Kathy

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    1. Hi Kathy: I think you might like her. She hasn't had any new shows on recently, and my DVR is set up to tape new shows only, so hope she's still on. Thanks for your kind comments..Happy Thursday..Judy

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  6. We re-did our kitchen in our old 110 year old house that we have lived in now for 20 years. It was the hardest to live through as it made you realize how much you really are in the kitchen when you can't use it. Hope it is over soon for you. It looks like it will be beautiful. I do love those white cupboards in your kitchen. So pretty.

    Deb

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    1. Thanks, Deb. My dad made those cupboards for us so they are very sentimental. I have pictures to post later as the work proceeds..Happy Thursday..Judy

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  7. This sounds exciting to me! I'd LOVE to redo my counters. I love old houses, but there's always so much to do.

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    1. Hi Jacqueline: Oh, yes there is! Whether you HAVE to or just WANT to..Happy Thursday..Judy

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  8. That is a big job underway. You will love the Silestone. That is what I wanted but MyHero really wanted granite...so that is what we got. I do love it though.

    Not much happening gardenwise here. We still get below freezing temps at night..but the daffodils are up and abloom. I hope you have a wonderful week-xo Diana

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    1. Thanks, Diana. Sorry you didn't get your Silestone but I love granite also but all that I saw had a lot of grain and it just seemed to heavy to me. We are rather limited in supplies around this area and have to go to Sacramento. Lucky that Home Depot just opened up a store in Auburn which is only about 1/2 hour drive. We are finally getting some sunshine..Happy Thursday..Judy

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  9. Judy,
    How exciting to see the process coming along in the kitchen! We love the look of marble too, but were quickly talked out of it (we are way to messy for marble!) I'm heading over to the Home Depot website now to see what you chose! Beautiful garden.... please send the fairy this way when she is done!
    dee dee

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    1. Thanks for the sweet words, DeeDee. I never even thought myself to look on their website. Duh!! I'm going there myself now. Looks like that little fairy is going to be busy for awhile!.I remember seeing your granite counter in one of your posts and thought it looked like marble but didn't find any that looked like that around here..Happy Thursday..Judy

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  10. Hello Judy
    Well things ARE moving along, I think you may have to live on take away's for a while,(or eat out, what a shame!)
    It is so exciting in the garden this time of year, yes everything is waking up ( I love it when the fairy has been )
    Thea x

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    1. Hi Thea: That sweet little fairy!! Thanks for your nice comments. The man doing the template said we could set our cooktop back on top for awhile, but I shushed him up so the Captain wouldn't hear him!!..Happy Thursday..Judy

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  11. How exciting to redo your counters!

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    1. Hi Jean: I just came back from your blog. That header is to die for. That's what I've been complaining about all this spring, because mine didn't seem to be doing anything, but you can see by this post that it is starting. A big sigh of relief. Please join me or come back anytime you can..Happy Thursday..Judy

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  12. Your kitchen will be so nice when finished! Thanks for taking us along for the ride! It looks like you are just a little ahead of my weather here your plants are a little bigger than mine. We are back to more normal temps today...68 degrees.

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  13. Hi Jean: Thank you for you sweet comments. We are having nice weather today but I'm sure more rain is lurking out there close by. Don't think we are out of the woods yet..Happy Thursday..Judy

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  14. Hi Judy, it is going to be a beautiful kitchen...I just know it. I have always wanted marble as well, but have heard the same thing.
    I see that things are coming up in your garden and it looks like you may be about a week or two ahead of me. Your pictures are beautiful!
    I can hardly wait for the lilacs to bloom! I imagine you are feeling the same way too.
    sending hugs...

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    1. Thanks June for your kind comments. Yes, lilacs are really high on my priority list. I can't wait, I can smell them already. Happy Thursday..Judy

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  15. I can't wait to see the finished pics. So glad the weather has been kind to you too. thanks for sharing. Cheer SpecialK XoXO

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    1. Hi K. I just heard on the news that we might get into the 80's tomorrow. Should be a nice weekend. Thanks for visiting..Happy Thursday..Judy

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  16. I can hardly wait to see your new counter tops!!! We went with granite in our kitchen and as much as I love the granite I am still kicking myself for not going with the marble that I had my heart set on. LOL
    ~Des

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    1. Hi Des: There really are a lot of marble fans out there. Too bad it isn't a little stronger stone..Happy Thursday..Judy

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  17. Hi Judy, so very nice to meet you. So, I know you live in northern Ca. as I do too.
    I see your blog title says Gold Country. I live in the foothills,close to Grass Valley.
    Your kitchen is coming along nicely. I know you must be so excited. Your garden is lovely.
    It's such a pleasure seeing new growth and blooms. I am your newest follower. I hope you come and visit and follow along. I did a post on our gardens previous to the Poppies and Turquoise post. Enjoy your day. Linda

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    1. Hi Linda: I left you a comment and thank you for your sweet ones to me. I live in downtown Grass Valley, where exactly are you? I didn't read everthing of yours just yet but I will catch up. Thanks for stopping in to visit and look forward to seeing you more..Happy Thursday..Judy

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    2. Hi Judy,
      I actually live in Auburn, on the outskirts off Hwy 49. Wow, you are close!
      That is so cool. I have never met anyone who lived so close.

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    3. You're right. That is pretty cool. There is Gloria at Happy to Be. She is in around Placerville, but that's the closest that I know of. This is exciting..Judy

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  18. Can't wait to see your new counters after they get installed. I'm sure they will be alot easier to keep clean than those tile counters too. My mil has silestone and is very happy with it. You have some beautiful flowers in your yard. I really like those yellow and white daffodils.

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    1. Thank you, Kelly: The garden still looks pretty shabby to me yet, but hopefully it will come back in all it's glory. I'm always so afraid after each winter that it won't. If it doesn't, I have some killer pics from last year but wanted to use only the current if I could..Happy Thursday..Judy

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  19. Love, love, love your counter top!
    dee dee

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    1. Thanks, DeeDee: I'm hoping they will look right. I really did like the smaller piece they had but didn't have any made up for looking at. We shall see..Happy Weekend..Judy

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  20. Hi Judy - I found your blog via Dee Dee's blog Deezine. Looks like your kitchen is really undergoing a wonderful change. I remember when I was doing mine - I wouldn't have had the energy or time to blog during my renovation...so I have to give you an award for doing that!

    Lovely floral pics - nice to get to now the names of these!! Thanks.

    Please check out my blogs (and i am going to follow you now)

    Linda

    http://www.studioofdecorativearts.blogspot.com

    http://www.beautifulstagedhomes.blogspot.com

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  21. Lucky you! I wish I was getting a new counter top. But I better just get a lawn mower for my patch of grass/weeds. Today I collected Dandelion balls before they expelled their seeds. Ever notice?.....lady bugs can get caught in them! You might be ware of that fairy in your window.....she gets things upside down!

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  22. Your kitchen is shaping up nicely. I know you are so excited. We were so happy when we remodeled ours. I see your flowers are coming in. Your wisteria looks lovely. I love this time of year.

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